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Amex Stadium (ATT 26,594) 14th September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: N Miller

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

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Bothroyd: Could be in squad

Bothroyd: Could be in squad

Team news ahead of Friday night's Championship clash between Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday at the Amex Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).

Brighton will be without midfielder Andrew Crofts.

The Wales international suffered a muscular injury during the 3-1 win at Burnley a fortnight ago and is not expected back until next weekend at the earliest.

Former Albion skipper Dean Hammond rejoined the club on loan from Southampton on transfer deadline day so he could step straight into the midfield.

Fellow new signings David Lopez and Stephen Dobbie are also in contention to make their debuts.

Winger Kazenga LuaLua should be in the squad despite having a metal plate removed from his ankle during the international break but midfielder Vicente is still out with a tendon problem and striker Will Hoskins is recovering from a foot injury.

Sheffield Wednesday's new loan signing Jay Bothroyd hopes to be included in the squad.

The QPR striker joined the Owls until January at the end of last month but did not feature in the defeat at Crystal Palace last time out.

Another new signing, defender Martin Taylor, was an unused substitute at Palace after joining on a permanent basis from Watford on the same day as Bothroyd and he too could make his debut.

Central defender Anthony Gardner has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury, including the defeat at former club Palace, and could return to contention, while a third recent signing, midfielder Paul Corry, is pushing for his first appearance.

Irishman Corry, signed from University College Dublin for an undisclosed fee, was an unused substitute at Palace.

Nic Pecnik and fellow striker Danny Mayor, who made his Owls debut off the bench against Palace, are both pushing for starting places. Summer signing Pecnik played 83 minutes of Slovenia's 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Norway in midweek.

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1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23